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Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 26, 2011 3:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

With all the talk about the VU (heroin) in the Dylan thread it brought to mind this performance by Lou and an incredible cellist,sadly I do not know her name.She takes an eerily beautiful and powerful solo at about 3:30.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FPTBrBGZGY

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 27, 2011 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

"Different colors made of tears."
One of the best lines he wrote. Thanks j for the link. I haven't seen that one before, which gives me hope that there are many more I overlooked. That was the best post VU Venus I think I've heard. Eerie. Lou was certainly into it, w/ the hand pumps and encouragements. I agree w/ Arb., Lou has become such a minimalist, at times to the determent of his music, that he needs excellent musicians to open up his songs fully. I do not remember the bass players name, and that was not his best showing, but he is very good. The cellist. I kept thinking of John Cale. Not in her style of playing, but in the type of stringed instrument that I'm realizing is so key to this song, and her passionate playing. I hope she doesn't get her hair stuck in the frets. I think Arb.'s post sums up her contribution.
Thanks again j. Excellent stuff.



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Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 27, 2011 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

Glad you liked it Micah,it is an excellent version.The bass players name is Fernando Saunders and he is a really good musician,I have seen him in a group with Jack Bruce and he held his own.I think he has been with Lou since the New York album.It's funny you mentioned the hair/frets thing because I thought the same thing as I was watching.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 27, 2011 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

It was an interesting slowed-down arrangement, but I kept thinking that the cellist was doing just what Cale would have done, had he not been holding down the drone.
Of course, then again there's that clip of Cale doing a fast rock Venus with some band, and he lets the guitarist do all the solos!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: May 26, 2011 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

wow, that was excellent, and i caught your post as i was getting ready to head out to see Mission of Burma; for the most part, Lou is always only as good as the musicians he has with him, and he's had some greats behind him; thanks for the link, which i've saved

i think this reviewer summed it up quite nicely:

"Jane Scarpantoni makes her cello sounds like the doppler effect of a passing motorcycle gang, a model airplane engine, a chainsaw, a swarm of hairdryers, an electric saw, machines being tortured, an orchestra of power tools in agony, a pterodactyl with a spear in its bowels, a dying jet plane. Jimi Hendrix and Yoko Ono would be proud. It's all sex and violence and frenzy. The track should be renamed "Jane Scarpantoni Masturbates Her Cello In Anger." -- Joseph O'Dea."

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 26, 2011 4:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

Arb,that is a great review,I don't read the comments on youtube because so many are like Tolundism's shithead response in this thread,but I was happy to learn Jane's name so I can check out some of her music.
BD,I know your a youtube guy due to all the links you have posted here,but I have streamed a good deal of music on there and for some reason I had not come across this until recently,so I figured in case my fellow VU fan forumites had not seen it I would post it.LIA,I didn't forget you but the subject line was getting long and I thought you would check out a Lou related post.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 27, 2011 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

just listened to Coney Island Baby yesterday on the way home. Love Lou, too bad he seems to have completely lost it imo. Keep hoping he'll reinvent himself again in a way I can relate to. When his New York album came out in the 80's it almost single handedly restored my faith in new music. REAL drums and guitar what a concept! And of course the lyrics were out of this world

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 26, 2011 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lou Reed for Bd,Micah,Arbuthnot(non-dead)

Thanks - I really did like that version and the cello was great. Now I'm off on a Lou/Cale/VU spin thru youtube - I stream youtube mixes a lot at work.